A Photo of “Dovey” – taken by Brent Wilson
This past Sunday Cherié and I were at the park in town when we came across a young Mourning Dove in the grass. He/she appeared to have been injured or something. We ended up bringing it home. It lived with us for several days, spending most of its time in a cardboard box. Cherié would feed it with an eye dropper. She took it outside one day, and another day both of us were outside with it. Sometimes it would make the cutest little bird sound. I started calling it “Dovey.” On Thursday I did some research online about taking care of wild birds. It appears that it is generally best to not bring them home. They are better off in their own environment. So I don’t necessarily recommend doing what we did. There may have been a better solution to “Dovey’s” predicament. It is apparently also illegal to care for wildlife without a permit or license or something like that. On Thursday afternoon, I arranged to take “Dovey” to the local State Wildlife office. Depending on the maturity and condition of “Dovey,” they were going to either send him/her overnight to some greenway place in Pueblo or take it to a safe spot in this area to turn it loose back into the wild. It was kind of sad to take “Dovey” and drop it off. But I also knew that it would be better for “Dovey” to be taken care of by knowledgeable people and reintroduced back into the wild. After I dropped “Dovey” off, I guess one of the state guys checked him/her out. It sounded like “Dovey” was old enough or mature enough that they were going to simply reintroduce it into the wild in a safe spot. I kind of miss the cute little guy, and I certainly hope that “Dovey” is doing okay out in the big world. I know that God cares about even little birds like “Dovey.” Jesus said, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26 NIV).* Just like God takes care of me and cares for me, I know that He also cares for “Dovey.” I hope and pray that “Dovey” has a happy and good life. I look forward to heaven where birds like “Dovey” won’t get hurt. That will be one awesome place!
* Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV). Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.